This Victorian home in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia was built for a gentleman named John Puder
and his family in 1888. A lovely example of Queen Anne architecture, the home became a bed and breakfast
inn in 2005 when it was purchased and lovingly restored by Bryan and Janet Roussell. This stately home,
located in Savannah's Victorian District, boasts intricate scroll brackets under the eaves, a side porch
open to the gardens and decorative shingles. Guests are welcomed to Roussell's Garden by an intricate iron
fence, which once graced a Savannah Catholic cemetery.
It is easy to imagine yourself living in the
Victorian era, with it's more graceful way of living as you enter the foyer of Roussell's Garden and your
eyes gaze upward at the elegant staircase with it's gracefully curved wooden banister. Victorians lived by
the words "Home, Sweet Home' and designed their homes for beauty, warmth and security. From the living room
with it's bank of tall bay windows of handmade glass, a stately chandelier once lit by gas that highlights
the 12-foot ceilings to the hardwood floors stained glass, the visitor is appreciative of the Victorians'
respect for craftsmanship. Many features of this Victorian treasure were built as much for function as for
beauty, such as the generous wooden moldings that line the walls at the floor. These were both decorative
as well as practical - covering the places where the walls met the floor and keeping out drafts!
Records show that previous residents of Roussell's Garden ranged from Railroad & Real Estate Magnate (J.C. Puder,
1st owner) to blacksmith( the Canty's, 1917/1981); to dentist, Phyllis Mack,(1982/1996); to realtor, Sherrill
Smiley, (1995/2005). We hope you too will want to be part of the Victorian experience of home as comfort, home as security
and home as pleasure.